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The Joy Luck Club Reviews

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October 16, 2019
Hollywood has built its reputation on escapism. But with movies like The Joy Luck Club, stories drawn from the real world may yet prove to be more compelling.
April 17, 2018
The Joy Luck Club opens up a panorama of women's worlds.
September 8, 2017
The masterful storytelling of the eight women in The Joy Luck Club, illuminated by each actress's elegant portrayal, make the film as resonating today as it did when it first hit theaters nearly eighteen years ago.
December 29, 2012
If you can get past the the pacing, the length, and the occasional melodrama, "The Joy Luck Club" rewards on two levels: as a look at Asian-American and Asian culture, and as a consideration of the dynamics that shape mother-daughter relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 2, 2011
Poignant tale of Chinese-American moms, daughters.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 26, 2009
...not only fails to give the novel cinematic stature; it denigrates the delicate beauty of the book itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2008
Well mounted adaptation of best seller.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 18, 2006
At the end of the press screening, Disney's publicists handed out Kleenex to the critics, an effective marketing tool but one that trivilaize the picture, relegating it to the status of a three-handkerchief women's melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 5, 2004
Deserves every tear it wrenches from your eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 14, 2003
The pleasure of seeing an underrepresented group on-screen is undercut by the stereotyped approach to almost all involved.
| Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2003
Both sweeping and intimate, a lovely evocation of changing cultures and enduring family ties.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 29, 2002
Affirms our respect for the arduous spiritual journeys of mothers and daughters.
January 9, 2002
Despite strong performances by the cast of talented Asian actresses, the movie never sweeps us up in its spell.
May 12, 2001
Four different actresses play the aunties in their youth, which sometimes keeps us struggling to keep the stories straight. That we do is a tribute to the power of Tan's theme about the miscommunication that separates one generation from another.
January 1, 2000
It's fascinating and satisfying the way the diverse threads are knitted together into a single tapestry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
One of the most touching and moving of the year's films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
It's ravishing to look it, a truly gorgeous object. But it is not deep.
January 1, 2000
Gives refreshing -- and bittersweet -- dimension to the age-old clash between generations.
January 1, 2000
I would recommend it to anybody who likes movies with real and vibrant people in them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 1, 2000
There's no ignoring the fact that The Joy Luck Club is a moving work, both a contemporary and an eternal story about the interlinked boundaries between mothers and daughters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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